10 Best Short-Term Rentals In Cape Town, South Africa - Updated 2024

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Cape Town (Kaapstad, iKapa) was established on fertile soil between sheer mountain walls and two oceans. It is the Mother City and legislative capital of South Africa. This cosmopolitan travel destination is a place of towering skyscrapers and glitzy beaches. You will also find hidden coves on the Atlantic seaboard for laid-back family picnics and seaside barbecue cookouts. Enjoy Cape Town’s Mediterranean climate while exploring the city’s Big Six attractions. Start with Table Mountain, Cape Point Nature Reserve, and Robben Island, a World Heritage Site. Spoil your taste buds at Groot Constantia wine estate, and witness biodiversity in Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. The Victoria & Albert Waterfront is ideal for winding down after a day of discovery. There’s a world of wonders to see and do in Cape Town, so make your stay fulfilling. Check out the best short-term rentals in Cape Town, South Africa.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, decor, availability of dates, and short-term stay rules and regulations. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 31, 2024.

1. Stocked fourth-floor flat with Table Mountain view

Here is a self-catering flat with an open-plan living area. The kitchen and bathroom are stocked with supplies to get you started. You only have to draw the curtains for a great view of sunsets over the Table Mountains from the bedroom. Book this renovated flat for a week or more and enjoy a 15 percent discount. Do note that the property needs to be booked for a minimum of five nights.

Guests can use an off-street gated parking area. You won’t have issues with connectivity here, which makes it ideal for digital nomads working from home. The building has an elevator that will take you to this fourth-floor apartment.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
15.6 km (9.7 mi) from Surfers Corner
77 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful apartment with the most spectacular view of the mountains and surroundings
the breathtaking view waking up and the good wifi definitely made my stay reach perfection
the bed is super comfy and the view is unbeatable
we stayed for almost 3 months and couldn’t have picked a better apartment
awesome human beings to work with and an unbelievable apartment
it was clean comfortable and stylish
it’s very clean and well stocked
absolutely clean and a great place to stay
i thoroughly enjoyed my stay the apartment is clean light and airy
however the place is nice and stylish and clean
penny was a great host
penny is a fantastic host
penny is a great host and i will definitely return
penny is a conscientious host and her flat is good value for money
great location everything you need
perfectly located quiet and comfortable apartment
well equipped flat in a good central location
it’s a great central location to explore the different areas of the city
it’s a good location for newlands cricket ground which is within a short and safe walking distance
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2. Luxurious poolside studio apartment (from USD 119)

This colorful studio in Simon’s Town has a day bed and a queen bed with luxurious bedding. You’ll find the non-slip tiles and walk-in shower in the bathroom very seemly. The kitchen is well equipped, too. Here, amateur bakers can make bread and pastries in the new oven.

The security doors let you enjoy the fresh air and natural light. The enclosed garden contains a pool, adjustable sun loungers, a garden umbrella, and a parking bay. Beyond the pool is a view of the sea. Guests may use the Weber barbecue and move it around. Daily encounters with a friendly miniature schnauzer, King Fritz, will be the highlight of your day.

Please note that the apartment needs to be booked for a minimum of four nights.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
10.97 km (6.9 mi) from Surfers Corner
87 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 4 Beds 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautiful little garden/outdoor area and sea views from the bed as well
super comfortable bed linen and pillows fully equipped kitchen with everything you need
the bathroom is modern with a huge shower at grade
the pool was good sized and clean
the pool was good sized and clean
the studio is newly built in the house and in top and super clean condition
the apartment is beautiful furnited super clean and with everything you need
great apartment very comfortable clean well designed and all facilities are new and work well
karin is a lovely host
thank you karin for being an amazing host
karin the owner lives on the top floor and is a great host
karin is a lovely and generous host
karin was an amazing host and made sure we had everything we needed
perfect area and location
perfect place to stay close to the penguins
karin's place was the perfect location for touring the cape
the location is perfect if you like a quite environment
a save neighbourhood makes it perfect to go for lovely walks
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3. Tranquil Azure Retreat (from USD 76)

The gentle curve of False Bay from the sunny deck will delight occupants of this sparkling clean ground-level apartment. The living area has exposed brick walls and the loft bedroom is on top of curving metal stairs. There is a stable WiFi connection, too, so that you can stay connected. All you need to bring for a romantic interlude in Cape Town are personal belongings as this is a fully stocked property. The property requires a minimum stay of four nights.

You may inquire about the availability of the shared facilities with the middle and upper apartments when booking. Guests must be mindful of quiet time after 10pm.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
10.47 km (6.6 mi) from Surfers Corner
48 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beautifully appointed space with a range of additional facilities the views are spectacular & the silence is wonderful
absolutely amazing stay beautiful location unreal view and comfortable place
i’d recommend the apartment to anyone looking for somewhere special to stay
very clean tidy cosy and fun accommodation
i had a great time the apartment was very clean with a great view
great location we loved our stay very clean and host full of attentions
my host has good communication she is patient and helpful
the host aureol was wonderful and offered lots of great tips and assistance when needed
he is super friendly and very helpful with anything
great location to go to cape point or kalk bay and surrounding areas
you feel very welcome everything is perfect at this location the view the people the location itself
i use airbnb every second week & few have matched the location & special touches of this one
we really loved staying in this beautiful place
just perfect the place to be in simons town
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4. Fisherman's Cottage (from USD 61)

Here is a vacation home in Scarborough that offers a weekly discount for short-term rentals. This charming accommodation is at the end of a rocky path and is separated from the host’s home by a wooden gate. Warmth emanates from the wood-burning fireplace of the living area of this cozy cottage. The sun streams through the windows. You can experience the joy of being with nature in the verandah that overlooks the garden. You can use the fire pit in the garden for cooking as well as the kitchen appliances.

Close the doors and windows when you leave the house to keep visiting baboons from the adjoining nature reserve at bay.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
13.36 km (8.4 mi) from Surfers Corner
241 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 2 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the space is perfect very comfortable and stylish with everything that you need for a beach get away
the place was beautifully clean and very well equipped with great attention to detail
lovely spot and great hosts
the hosts were wonderful friendly and extremely helpful
great hosts and we had an awesome stay
it is well equipped and the owners are very helpful and friendly
ivan & lisa were very responsive accommodating and welcoming
idyllic little cottage tucked away on ivan and lisa’s property yet only a short walk from a beautiful beach
beautiful little cottage in a great location
very nice location next to the beach in a small town
a lovely cottage with all you need few minutes really pretty walk to beach
it really feels like you're out in nature close to the beach
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5. Studio perch with skylights (from USD 54)

This private loft accommodation features a balcony from where mountains appear to be within reach. Several windows and skylights fill the space with natural light. The stylish interiors are furnished for comfort and function. Aside from cooking essentials, the kitchen is stocked with spices and utensils. The hosts live downstairs and are ready to assist when you call.

These spacious quarters and their views of Kalk Bay will make you want to avail another week of discounted stay. The property is only 50 m (164 ft) from the shore and 5 minutes from the village center on foot.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
3.32 km (2.1 mi) from Surfers Corner
212 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire loft 2 Beds 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
cable tv which was a treat and reliable wifi
a great apartment full of light with outstanding views in all directions
i loved having breakfast at the balcony looking at the mountains
a beautiful loft apartment with the best view ever
an awesome loft apartment - a room with a view & more spacious comfortable light & airy
clean and full of light
the loft was very clean and well decorated
very clean and beautifully appointed with with every comfort you could need
clean spacious well-appointed; this place has it all
the apartment was nice spotlessly clean and with a comfy bead
mike were very helpful and kind
he accommodated our arrival time and was simply a very relaxed host overall
thank you mark for being a great host
very welcoming host he gave good recommendations for the neighbourhood
mark was an absolutely delightful host
this is a fabulous location
hands-down the best location to hq for a holiday in ct central and close to breakfast spots and bakeries
mark's place is in a really great location
perfect location secluded & tucked into the mountainside but walking distance to both kalk bay & fish hoek
the loft is a quick walk to shops and restaurants but far enough away for peace and quiet
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6. The Amberley Annex (from USD 38)

Choose this sunny and secure retreat at the foot of the mountain for a dreamy Cape Town holiday. Only birdsong will disturb your peace at this cul-de-sac property. Guests are welcome to use the kitchenette and barbecue amenities. If you are traveling for work, the soothing atmosphere and reliable WiFi will inspire you to clinch deadlines. Guests can book this property for a stay as short as two nights - a week’s stay comes with a discount!

Guests will find an aromatic garden beyond the small shaded deck - the perfect spot to unwind after a busy day. The main house is towards the back of this listing. This modern garden hideaway is within walking distance of the sea.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
297 meters (0.2 ft) from Surfers Corner
162 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
Entire guesthouse 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
very neat and very clean
i absolutely loved zelda’s place: clean cutely decorated very comfy bed great shower (lovely local soap )
the apartment has got everything you need very clean and decorated with love
the annex is charming quiet and very clean
zelda was a very helpful host
she is a great host and made us feel very welcome and gave us a lot of recommendations
zelda was such a wonderful host
host was friendly and helpful-thank you very much
zelda is friendly and immediately made us feel welcomed
wonderfully cozy location just a short walk to the beach
easy walking distance to muizenburg main hub
great location few mins walk to surfers corner
perfect location for muizenburg and all its events
the location is also great about a 3 minute walk from the beach and town
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7. Beachside designer flat with hammock and braai (from USD 44)

This renovated apartment with retro feels is steps away from Strand North beach and promenade. The host offers a 10% discount for week-long stays. You can also enjoy a good vintage wine on the balcony while the Hottentots Holland Mountains are in sight.

The bathroom of this minimalist apartment has a free-standing stone tub with shower facilities. This first-floor flat has a foyer, a hall cupboard, and a full kitchen. The hammock in the bedroom is sure to mesmerize. Fiber WiFi is available. If you’d rather read, there is a reading nook with fairy lights on the balcony.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
32.2 km (20.1 mi) from Surfers Corner
231 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 3 Beds 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
comfortable exactly as the photos show
the beds are super comfortable and the home has all the amenities you’d need
we had a lovely stay at kim and petri’s apartment
i also cannot gush enough about the bathroom i loved the shower-tub the most
clean and spacious space
clean and plenty of room
stunning place clean and tidy
it was clean stylish and everything we needed
it was spotless and the beds were super comfy
kim is an awesome host
kim & patri are such amazing hosts and they accommodated us at such short notice
kim is such a gracious host
great stay with a great host
very friendly and helpful hosts
looks like the pictures and super close to the beach
hidden gem? 100% super close to the beach and central to many cafes and restaurants
kim’s place is the perfect get away
beautiful apartment close to the beach… was the perfect getaway thanks so much
very close to the beach walk there and back had a wonderful time at kim’s place
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8. Moonshadow (from USD 147)

Your short-term stay in the coastal village of Kommetjie can be spent in a designer space surrounded by indigenous plants. This contemporary space is a five-minute walk from the beach and abuts a nature reserve. You will meet a friendly dog named Bella who calls the property home.

The bathroom deck has glass doors, while the living areas showcase bespoke furniture and local art. Help yourself to the selection of books in the library. Meanwhile, you can expand your menu with the available barbecue and kitchen facilities. Guests may gather growing herbs and use them for cooking.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
12.23 km (7.6 mi) from Surfers Corner
68 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 5 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 5

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the kitchen is lovely to cook in and the deck is awesome for chats around the fire
we would like to personally convey how we enjoyed the stylish facilities finishing touches and attention to detail
the house was perfectly clean with great linen towels etc
you were a super host and we recommend you without reservation
most wonderful accommodation and host
and sue is a wonderful host
friendly and generous hostess - always available for questions and assistance
the tranquility of this place paired with a wholesome host is what made my stay all the better
magnificent location with beautiful scenery - short walk to the beach
accommodation and location is stunning
stunning place hidden away in the costal forest only a quick walk away from the beach
close enough to walk to the beach but with a beautiful bush feel
i highly recommend it as a mini break and even a safe place to detox and recharge
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9. Cape Cottage (from USD 82)

Here is a cottage on Marina da Gama that is a suitable stay for people who love sunsets, birdwatching, and surfing. The local surfer’s corner is a few minutes’ drive from the property. This modern stay is the perfect escape offering ready access to paddleboarding and kayaking adventures. The deck, kitchen, dining area, sunroom, and bedrooms are all-modern and equipped for a comfortable stay. Guests here enjoy discounted rates for short-term bookings.

Do note that at this property, guests must be able to manage stairs. There are two stairs to tackle to the living area as well as a few at the water’s edge.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2.85 km (1.8 mi) from Surfers Corner
139 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 3 Beds 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
well equipped kitchen with lpg good quality stainless steel pots/ovenware crockery and cutlery
the house was so comfortable beyond how it was even described
very clean and lovely house equipped with everything you need
very clean well taken care of home
spacious clean and the most incredible view
the cottage is clean well equipped safe and perfect for our large family of 6
jessica was an amazing host she has incredible hospitality
the host jessica was super friendly and kindly assisted me with all my questions from the get go
amazing host with an amazing place
jessica was a fantastic host
very helpful with to have laundry facilities and great kitchen
there is also a playground 2 minutes walk away which is great for young children
this is a great place in the best location we would definitely stay here again easily
you feel the warmth right as you walk in
jessica's place is a little piece of paradise over the lake
safe secure and quiet
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10. Modern studio with epic ocean view

This secure beachfront apartment is furnished to be your home away from home during short-term stays. And it comes with a weekly discount, too! Cooking facilities are on hand, and you also have a washing machine and tumble dryer. If you’d rather eat out, there are restaurants and a mall within walking distance. Dolphin Beach on the West Coast is right across the road. This beach is famous in Cape Town for kite surfing. You can visit nearby beaches for swimming and surfing.

From the balcony, you will have an epic view of the Atlantic Ocean.

Stayed at this property?
Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
31.75 km (19.8 mi) from Surfers Corner
25 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 1 Bed 2 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2

Top guest reviews
mel is a super host
check-in and checkout were easy and the hosts are very easy to communicate with
fantastic hosts my son and i enjoyed our long stay
amazing apartment with epic view super helpful host and a lovely stay :)
it's an excellent place for a nice beach side holiday
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Enjoy the perfect short-term rental in Cape Town

The port city of Cape Town is a metropolis with a lingering relationship with nature. The city’s network of holiday accommodations close to nature will inspire you to have a short but sweet stay in the stunning Mother City of South Africa.

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